Elon Musk is adamant in proving that his electric car company Tesla and its autopilot features are complying with road safety requirements. Reports even say that the upgraded Tesla autopilot system will roll out this December.
Tesla faced a media nightmare earlier this year when a driver, allegedly using a Tesla vehicle in autopilot mode, was killed in a car crash. This brought the motoring world's attention regarding the use and the safety of autopilot or autonomous driving features on vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes that the feature is not the problem, but the driver's interpretation of autonomous driving.
The billionaire cited that their car is only one of the many electric cars with autonomous driving features and should not be used to judge the totality and safety of driverless cars in general. Despite what happened, the business tycoon stll decided to further enhance the Tesla autopilot feature to please consumers and detractors.
Musk announced that the new upgrade will roll out in mid-December. The "Enhanced Autopilot" feature will be available to Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X, according to Engadget. This is actually anticipated by consumers who already bought the new Tesla Model S, but did not have the function just yet. But the wait is almost over.
The Telsa CEO was forced to drop a hint about the new autopilot feature's release when a Twitter user inquired why his new Tesla Model S, supposedly programmed with the new feature, doesn't have it yet. To which the CEO replied. "About three weeks and it will get rolled out incrementally in monthly releases," Tesla CEO and businessman Elon Musk replied.
The new Tesla driving feature will be upgraded to eight cameras and 12 "supersonic" sensors, according to Mashable. The auto community is excited to find out how the new upgrade will enhance not just the performance of Tesla cars, but also the safety of autonomous driving.
Tesla is working towards 100 percent full autonomy, which will be gradually achieved in separate releases.